It's spring! It's spring! It's spring! Uh, I mean, hey, did you notice it's spring already? Yeah, me either. I'd just love a little more of that colder-than-usual weather we've had all winter, and the fact that it's been raining most of the time since September doesn't bother me. At. All. Did they come up with that sarcasm punctuation mark they were talking about? I sure could use one right about now.
I didn't let what's happening outside stop me from celebrating the springiest of holidays with this month's hoop art, but it did have a rocky start. I knew I wanted to make an Easter egg with an oval hoop. The first version was a fail, because my hands could NOT get a grasp on what brain was trying to do. It just wasn't working, so I actually moved on to a different idea, but I kept looking at the hoop I'd already painted white. I realized I really had my heart set on the egg, so look for the alternate project next month, because I love it too. Today though, Easter Egg 2.0.
To make this, you'll need:
one 9 x 5" oval embroidery hoop
2 1/4" fabric squares:
Paint the embroidery hoop with the white paint. The only parts that are really important are the front and outside of the outer hoop. You can leave the rest unpainted. I just realized that, right now.
Match up the fabric squares so you have one row of five pink/green, one row of pink/blue, one row of blue/purple and three sets of purple/green.
Lay each pair of squares with right sides together. Draw a diagonal line in the center.
Pin the pieces together. Stitch 1/4" from either side of the line you drew.
Cut on the drawn line. Press each square open with the seam to one side.
Trim the seam tails. Repeat with the other 17 pairs.
Lay out the squares so they look like this. You'll have one square left over.
Sew the squares into rows. Press seams.
Sew the rows together and press the seams. You don't need to worry if it's not straight because you're putting it into the hoop and no one will know. Unless you post it on the internet for all to see your saggy left side.
Cut 18" of ribbon. Wrap it around the outer hoop, centered at the top. Tie a knot just above the hoop to hold it in place.
Center the fabric on top of the inner hoop. Slide the outer hoop over the top. Adjust the fabric as needed and tighten the screw. Trim away the excess fabric at the corners on the back. It doesn't have to be precise or fancy.
Cut the felt to match the hoop.
Hot glue the felt to the back of the hoop a bit at a time, working your way around the oval and tucking in the fabric as you go.
Tie a bow or knot in the top of the ribbon for hanging. I'm so glad I didn't give up on this little egg!